Week 10 Pickups: Highlighting Worthwhile Additions at Key Positions

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Week 10 Pickups: Highlighting Worthwhile Additions at Key Positions
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In an NFL season that has been plagued by devastating injuries to star players, fantasy football owners have had to work overtime in order to piece together a winning lineup week after week.

However, the emergence of a some productive rookies, backups and unknowns have made that task a bit easier.

Below we'll examine some worthwhile additions for owners in need of a boost at one or more key positions heading into Week 10.

*Availability and standard scoring stats according to ESPN Fantasy

 

Seneca Wallace, Green Bay Packers, QB

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Availability: 0.1

Average Points: 0.3

With Aaron Rodgers set to miss some time (estimated to be about three weeks) while he recovers from an injured shoulder, Packers backup Seneca Wallace becomes an excellent option at the quarterback spot in Week 10.

Green Bay will host the NFL's worst pass defense in the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, which means Wallace shouldn't face too much resistance. Not to mention the veteran will have had a week to practice and develop chemistry with the first-team offense. 

With James Jones back in the lineup and the always dependable Jordy Nelson lined up on the other side, Wallace should be able to do some serious damage to Philly's defense this weekend. Keep in mind that the Eagles secondary is allowing 308 yards per game through the air.

Wallace is available in just about every league across the country and therefore a worthwhile addition for owners looking to change directions or simply survive a bye week.

Quarterbacks
Player Availability Average Points
Nick Foles, Eagles 10.4 11.0
Christian Ponder, Vikings 2.5 8.8
Case Keenum, Texans 1.8 5.1
Josh McCown, Bears 2.4 4.4

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Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals, RB

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Availability: 36.7

Average Points: 8.1

Some fantasy owners have forgotten about Cardinals running back Andre Ellington seeing as Arizona was on a bye in Week 9. But now is a better time than any to add the former Clemson star to your roster.

Ellington is still available in more than 63 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues coming into Week 10 and is coming off a career performance against Atlanta in Week 8, in which he rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. 

That stellar performance came just two weeks after Ellington put up 92 yards and a score against San Francisco. Heading into this weekend's matchup with Houston (Texans rank 18th in fewest rushing yards allowed), the rookie is averaging 7.7 yards per carry and nine yards per reception, making him a must add. 

Running Backs
Player Availability Average Points
James Starks, Packers 24.1 6.0
Rashad Jennings, Raiders 4.6 5.4
Mike James, Buccaneers 10.6 3.5
Jonathan Stewart, Panthers 4.2 0.8

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Below, Bleacher Report's Josh Zerkle and Will Carroll break down some more skill-position must adds heading into Week 10. 

 

Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers, WR

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Availability: 41.6

Average Points: 8.5

Chargers rookie receiver Keenan Allen has proven to be an elite fantasy contributor over the past month, racking up over 400 receiving yards and three touchdowns since the start of Week 5.

Somehow, Allen is only owned in 42 percent of all ESPN fantasy leagues, making him an easy add for many lucky owners.

With San Diego set to take on one of the league's worst secondaries in Denver in Week 10, Allen is worth an add and a start this weekend. Philip Rivers has targeted him 11 or more times in two of the Chargers' past three games and that bodes well against a Broncos defense that's surrendering nearly 300 yards and two touchdowns per game through the air.

Wide Receivers
Player Availability Average Points
Eddie Royal, Chargers 45.7 8.9
Jericho Cotchery, Steelers 1.7 8.6
Kenny Stills, Saints 43.6 6.4
Doug Baldwin, Seahawks 6.0 5.9

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